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How can you tell if a piercing is infected or if it's just irritated?

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Dr. Leila Wing
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Fever? Pus?

Infection would have signs like redness, warmth, pus drainage, and fever.

In brief: Fever? Pus?

Infection would have signs like redness, warmth, pus drainage, and fever.
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Wing
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes difficult

It can be a challenge sometimes to tease apart infection vs.
Irritation. Pain, warmth and swelling are all signs of possible infection. Redness, flaking, and itching are possible signs of an allergic reaction. See a dermatologist to help determine what may be going on.

In brief: Sometimes difficult

It can be a challenge sometimes to tease apart infection vs.
Irritation. Pain, warmth and swelling are all signs of possible infection. Redness, flaking, and itching are possible signs of an allergic reaction. See a dermatologist to help determine what may be going on.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
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